Free Afternoon in Syros

Enjoy an afternoon exploring the special Cycladic island of Syros, known as the "Lady" of the Cyclades. A truly unique and distinct island, Syros sits as the capital of this Greek archipelago complex. Depending on your personal preferences, experience some (or all) of the following places, monuments, and landmarks.

  • To start, Syros is known for its unique architecture. In many of the villages, you'll find charming cobblestone streets and picturesque main squares. In Syros Town, some architectural highlights include the famous Town Hall, designed by Ernst Ziller, and the captain houses built in the early 1800s. Most historical buildings huddle within the quarter known as Vaporia, meaning "ships" in Greek.
  • Syros also hosts the most cultural events and festivals in the Cyclades Islands. Its yearly music festival attracts people from all over Greece, selling out the island's Apollon Theater. Established in 1864, this landmark is a replica of Milan's La Scala.

  • If you're interested in medieval history, head to the town of Ano Syros. Sitting atop a high hill safe from pirates, this settlement features narrow streets with numerous steps and exceptional views. You can also enjoy some of the island's exceptional gastronomy.
  • Throughout Syros, there's a harmonious co-existence between the Orthodox and Catholic churches. The two faiths even coordinate to celebrate Greek Easter as one. San Tzortzis (St. George) and Anastasi (Church of the Resurrection) dominate the two hills of Ano Syros and Hermoupoli. You can't miss them, as they are the first thing you'll see when approaching the island.
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